Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Free Screening of Cuban Drama at Capitol Theatre Tonight

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 10:28 AM

Todos Se Van (Everybody Leaves), a Cuban drama about a young girl and her family's strife under the Fidel Castro regime, will screen tonight at 7:30 at the Capitol Theatre in Detroit-Shoreway.

The screening, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Baldwin Wallace Latin American Film Festival. Two additional films, one on Sunday and one next Tuesday, will also screen at the Capitol.

There will be a community discussion following the screening.

Synopsis: Eight-year-old Nieve is the object of her parents’ custody battle. Her mother, Eva, is an artist who believes in the revolution and disagrees with censorship and authoritarianism. She is re-married to Dan, a Swede working on the construction of a nuclear plant. Nieve’s father Manuel is a playwright who sacrifices his artistic career to write government propaganda in a remote area of the country. Through her diary entries, Nieve reveals intimate details of a turbulent family life while painting an authentic portrait of the social and political unrest in Cuba under the rule of Castro.
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Chagrin Documentary Film Fest — This Year with Mockumentaries! — Solidifying Itself as Regional Gem

Posted By on Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 2:14 PM

The eighth annual Chagrin Documentary Film Fest arrives in Chagrin Falls October 4 - 8, and event organizers are anticipating their biggest turnout to date.

With 80 films on tap, films that span the globe and tell unique, compelling stories about social, political, and environmental issues — including several locally made films — the festival continues to solidify itself as a regional gem with broad appeal. And scheduled such as it is, exactly halfway between last year's Cleveland International Film Festival and next year's, the Chagrin Doc Fest remains the perfect narcotic for film addicts in need of an autumn hit (or simply for lovers of Chagrin Falls, the deep-suburban village 35 minutes southeast of downtown).

As in years past, this year's fest will take place at venues across the village, including the Chagrin Valley Little Theatre, the Township Hall, and on multiple screens at Chagrin Cinemas.

In addition to the opening night film, Knife Skills, about the opening of EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute, we're also looking forward to the following:

Blimp! Sports, Broadcasting and the Goodyear Airship
Sat. 10/7, 10:30 a.m. (Director Kathleen Endres is scheduled to appear.)

44 Pages
A portrait of Highlights Magazine, and an exploration of "the state of childhood, technology and education."
Sun. 10/8, 12:00 p.m. (Producer Rebecca Green Scheduled to appear.)

Cold Warriors
A story about a handful of young Hungarian-Americans from a small town in Pennsylvania ready to fight for freedom at the height of the Cold War, who return to their town to revisit their childhood dreams.
Fri. 10/6, 7:30 p.m.

We're also pleased to report that this year, for the first time, the fest will include mockumentary films, including a feature-length film called Black Cat, (10/6, 8:45 p.m.), about the making of a true-crime documentary.

An "All Fest Pass," good for entry into every film at the festival, costs $80. For $350, though, you can get two all-access "Director" lanyards, two tickets to both the opening reception and the "A-Lister" party, and priority access to all films and festival panels. (This is a pretty sweet gift for the film buff in your life).

Founded in 2010 to honor Chagrin Falls High School Alumnus David Ponce, who died of leukemia at age 20, the festival remains family-friendly and is intended, in part, to nurture talented young filmmakers everywhere. Last year, the fest's audience exceeded 10,000 and shows no sign of slowing down.

Here's the full festival schedule. We'll see you there.
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Monday, September 18, 2017

Capitol Theatre Announces Schedule for its Happy Hour Classic Film Series

Posted By on Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 11:52 AM

Heathers kicks off the Happy Classic Film Series at the Capitol Theatre. - LAKESHORE ENTERTAINMENT
  • Lakeshore Entertainment
  • Heathers kicks off the Happy Classic Film Series at the Capitol Theatre.
Located in the Gordon Square Arts District, the locally owned and operated Capitol Theatre regularly presents special screenings of cult classics and oddball flicks that don’t receive wide distribution.

Earlier today, the venue announced the schedule for its upcoming Happy Hour Classic Film series, a monthly screening of a classic film that includes a happy hour cocktail party in the lobby before the feature. The parties start at 6 p.m., and the movies screen at 7. Tickets are $10.

“The Happy Hour Classics are a great way for film fans to mix and mingle with other movie lovers before seeing one of their favorite titles on the big screen,” says David Huffman, Cleveland Cinemas Director of Marketing and programmer of the series, in a press release announcing the schedule. “We have a great mix of contemporary classics as well as films from Hollywood’s Golden Age. No matter what kind of film you like, I know there is something in the series you’ll enjoy.”

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Film About Edwins Restaurant to Have Its Ohio Premiere at the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival

Posted By on Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 12:43 PM

  • Lara Talevski
Over the course of his career, filmmaker and journalist Thomas Lennon has won an Academy Award, received three Academy nominations and won two national Emmys.

He’s also had two films that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

His latest effort, Knife Skills, follows the launch of the local haute cuisine restaurant Edwins, a place staffed by men and women recently released from prison. It recently won the Audience Award for Best Short Documentary at the Traverse City Film Festival.

The movie will make its Ohio premiere next month when it screens at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Film Based on Shaker Heights Author's Memoir to Premiere on Netflix Friday

Posted By on Tue, Sep 12, 2017 at 2:50 PM
A Cambodian-born American human-rights activist and lecturer, Loung Ung received widespread acclaim for her memoir, First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers.

The national spokesperson for the Campaign for a Landmine-Free World, Ung was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. A survivor of what became known as "the Killing Fields,” she now lives with her husband in Shaker Heights.

Actress Angelina Jolie directs the new Netflix film based on the book, and early reviews of the film have been quite positive. The Village Voice proclaims, "This is Jolie’s most accomplished work yet."

The movie premieres on Friday on Netflix, and at 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19, Market Garden Brewery will screen the movie. After that screening, Ung will participate in a Q&A.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Variety Theater to Host Free Screening of Documentary Movie 'Cleveland's Screaming'

Posted By on Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 11:58 AM

Veteran local punk rocker Tom Dark is the man behind Cleveland’s Screaming, an independent documentary film about the Northeast Ohio hardcore punk scene from 1981 to 1984.

The movie includes interviews and archival footage of bands performing DIY shows in what look to be basements and dive bars and includes footage from terrific Cleveland acts such as ODFx, Offbeats, Fester, Starvation Army, Pink Holes, the Dark and Guns.

Some of the punk bands featured in the film performed at the Variety Theater before it closed 30 years ago. The theater is currently undergoing renovation, and councilwoman Dona Brady recently secured local, state and federal dollars to finance the $14 million restoration of the theater complex, which is located at 11817 Lorain Ave. She's booked a free screening of the movie at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Cedar Lee Theatre to Celebrate 30 Years of Screening ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 8:49 AM

The Heights Art Theater started screening The Rocky Horror Picture Show on a regular basis until the theater closed in 1988. The cult classic then found a new home when it debuted at the Cedar Lee Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 17, 1988.

The film has shown there on the first Saturday of each month ever since.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the monthly screenings, the Cedar Lee Theatre will expand its regular Rocky Horror schedule and show the film at 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 16.

In addition, Simply His Servants, a local Rocky Horror cast, will present a live floorshow during the screening, and there will be additional live and pre-recorded performances in the preshow from Rocky Horror casts from all over the country.

Tickets are $9.75. Come in costume to get a buck off the price of admission.

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